Having grown up in New Zealand with hot summers spent at the beach and Father Christmas dressed in shorts and gumboots the whole wintery Christmas scene is something we didn’t really understand. Don’t get me wrong, Christmas was still magical and exciting but nothing compares to Christmas in Munich (apart from missing your family).
Munich Christmases are whole different world, with the gorgeous buildings covered in blankets of snow, the music blasting around the streets and the wine warming you from the inside out. The stories, traditions, food and even the smells transport you to another world, it’s almost like being apart of one of the Christmas stories you would read as kids.
With so many Christmas markets in Munich we wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of the magic so let me introduce you to the best Christmas markets in Munich – a Christmas market crawl. Yip that’s right just like a pub crawl but instead of pubs you’ll be hitting Christmas Markets and soaking up that all the Christmas cheer.
To maximise your time and to be sure to fit in all the stops on our crawl I suggest you start around midday and check out the map (thanks Tia Lovisa!!!) later in this post for all the directions.
Stop one of the best Christmas Markets in Munich – Chinesischer Turm Weihnachtsmarkt
To kick off your Christmas market fun make your way to the Chinese Tower for the Chinesischer Turm Weihnachtsmarkt. A small and intimate Christmas market in the heart of the English Garden. It has fewer stalls and less hustle and bustle than the other markets while still providing that magical Christmas feeling.
*Walk to Münchner Freiheit for stop two of your Christmas Market Crawl
Stop two on your Christmas market crawl- Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt
A charming artisan market with a bohemian vibe that offers something a little bit different from the more traditional markets. With a variety of artisans and unique handicrafts on show it’s a great place to pick up a unique Christmas gift or something special for yourself. Not in the mood for shopping then take a stroll through the sculpture path or browse the art exhibition in the art marquee.
*Take the U3/U6 to Odeonsplatz
Stop three of the best Christmas markets in Munich – Mittelaltermarkt (medieval market)
This medieval market is like stepping in to the Middle Ages. The vendors don gorgeous renaissance costumes while selling crafted goods using ancient techniques. Using slang from medieval times they serve food from this era as well as serving fiery rum and honey mead out of goblets. If the cute cottages and amazing costumes weren’t enough to draw you in, then go to witness the medieval characters performing.
* Walk to Das Weihnachtsdorf im Kaiserhof der Residenz München
Stop four – Das Weihnachtsdorf im Kaiserhof der Residenz München
All of the Christmas Markets in Munich are absolutely beautiful, but I think this is one of the most picturesque markets. Located in the courtyard of the former royal palace, it’s modelled on a traditional alpine village and the theme extends throughout the market. With plenty of wooden traditional crafts, yummy food and best of all a wine bar which is a nice break from all the glühwein (mulled wine).
* Walk to Marienplatz for Christkindlmarkt am Marienplatz
Stop Five of your Christmas market crawl- Christkindlmarkt am Marienplatz
Nestled right in the heart of the city this traditional Christmas market is full of charm and character. With the New Town Hall creating a perfect backdrop to this fairytale scene you can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit (even better if it’s snowing). Being the largest and one of the oldest markets in Munich it’s a popular choice and is always jammed packed full of tourists and locals alike.
*Walk to Sendlinger Tor for the Christkindlmarkt am Sendlinger Tor via the Rindermarkt
Stop six – Christkindlmarkt am Sendlinger Tor via the Rindermarkt
Two of the smaller markets in Munich but they both ooze character and atmosphere. Rindermarkt is based in one of the oldest streets in Munich and is one of the few Christkindlmarkt to serve Glühbier (yes, hot beer). It wouldn’t be a trip to Munich without sampling beer!
Based under one of the few remaining city gates from the historic old town. This market is packed full of yummy food, great gifts and a bit a variety from the usual Christmas market decorations.
*Cross the road and you will find the Christkindl Tram station
Stop seven of the best Christmas markets in Munich- Christkindl Tram
Warm up aboard the Christkindl Tram. This festive tram makes a loop of the old city, blasting Christmas music and serving up Glühwein and gingerbread biscuits. It takes around 25 minutes to complete the trip (with no stops) and it gives you a good overview of the old town.
*Take tram 16/17/18/27//28 to Karlsplatz (Stachus)
Stop eight – Eiszauber (skating rink)
Make a quick stop at Munich’s largest opeanair ice skating rink for a quick spin around the ice. If you’re not a fan of iceskating bypass this stop and continue to your last stop on our Christmas Market Crawl.
*Take the U4/U5 to Theresienwiesen for the Tollwood Winterfestival
Final stop of the best Christmas Markets in Munich- Tollwood Winterfestival
For your final stop head to the Oktoberfest grounds (Theresienwiese) for the sprawling Tollwood Winterfestival. Each year this winter wonderland gets bigger and better, alongside the usual glühwein and market stalls they have a whole array of international commodities which include an organic, fair-trade section, a bazaar of international cuisine and plenty of live music and entertainment acts.
Tollwood even has a tent dedicated to social and environmental issues where you have the chance to participate in workshops, listen to lectures and interact with the art installations that aligns with the years theme.
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